Every day for the past six weeks, at 5:00 o'clock p.m. on the nose, a North Korean "washout from Kamikaze school" has let loose a bomb in the general direction of the hospital's sub-ammo ...
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Every day for the past six weeks, at 5:00 o'clock p.m. on the nose, a North Korean "washout from Kamikaze school" has let loose a bomb in the general direction of the hospital's sub-ammo dump. Very affectionately known as "Five O'Clock Charlie," the only thing he hits on the nose is the time. Every day, Radar opens book on the day's exploits and takes bets on how close (in yards) Charlie will come to the sub-ammo dump. It is an occasion for cocktails and frivolity at 4077, not unlike the Kentucky Derby... until Frank demands Henry get him a "nug" from Brigadier Gen. Clayton. Capt. Phil Cardozo, the singing dentist, gives the drunken duo a new slant on things. If there is anything that will beat Frank and his nug, it is 4 dozen sheets, 18 gallons of mercurochrome and a little thing called psychology. Written by
The idea for this episode was probably based on the activity of a real Japanese pilot during World War II who would harass the U.S. Marines on Guadalcanal. This pilot would fly over Marine encampments at night in order to deprive them of much needed sleep. Sometime he would drop a bomb, other times he would just fly over them. The Marines nicknamed him Washing-machine Charlie, and like 5 O'Clock Charlie, his plane's engine was out of timing. See more »
Frank talks about the movie "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell", but that movie came out in 1955, two years after the Korean war ended. See more »
[on the phone with General Clayton, while reading from a book that's upside down]
While I've got you on the pipe, the suggestion's been made that we could use an oh-four W. W. nug. Yeah, that's right, sir. A nug so that we can, uh, uh - what's a nug sir? Well, a nug is,
[Frank turns the book over]
uh, a gun, sir. A 40 M. M. gun.
Henry, you gotta be kidding!
We definitely do not need a nug.
Keep your snoots out of this!
We don't need a gun or a nug.
What are you trying to do, get us into the war?
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For some reason there is a huge ammunition dump adjacent to the camp. This brings a daily assault from a North Korean pilot in a small plane who drops a bomb each day at five o'clock (hence, Five O'Clock Charlie). The folks in camp bet on how far from the target the bomb will explode. Everyone is having fun but Frank, who considers himself a military man (sort of like Barney Fife and his bullet) decides the camp needs an anti-aircraft gun. When General Clayton's jeep is blown up he grants Frank's request. The doctors are outraged because a gun will draw fire from more serious North Koreans. The new dentist in camp tells Hawkeye and Trapper that what they need to do is get rid of the ammo dump and you get rid of the need for a gun. Despite the absurdity and cavalier attitude of everyone, it's a good episode.
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